Choc Dancer Flower

Heliconia ‘Chocolate Dancer’

Heliconia bihai ‘Chocolate Dancer’

Synonyms: None.

Chocolate Dancer is a favourite at Oxley Nursery thanks to the burgundy-red colouration of stems and petioles. This makes it even more attractive as a foliage plant. Chocolate Dancer is also quite tall-growing, making it a good choice for privacy screening. The flowers on this variety, while perhaps not as bold as others, are nonetheless exceptional, displaying a deep maroon with yellow/orange edges. Also relatively cold hardy.

Applications

  • Screening
  • Tropical / Balinese
  • Flower interest
  • Background plant
  • Pots & Tubs

Care

Very low maintenance. Apply generous manure and/or compost around the plant for best results. Will do much better in a well-drained soil that is rich with organic matter.

Feed regularly with fertilizer such as Troforte or Organic Link to maintain vigorous growth.

Features

  • Unusual red colouration of leaves and stems

  • Spectacular maroon/burgandy flowers

  • Large size, lush foliage


Size

Height: 3-4m
Width: Indefinite, clumping

Light

Full sun to part shade

Watering

Moderate needs. Water frequently in hot weather.

Growth Rate

Very fast if in good conditions.
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